Pope Francis gives life to married priests debate

Pope Francis’ apparent openness to a discussion about ordaining married men to serve as priests in remote communities has heartened and encouraged at least one Canadian bishop.

Health care access is a human right, Vatican tells UN

GENEVA, Switzerland – Health care access is a human right, not just a matter of philanthropy, the Holy See told the United Nations last Friday.

Recognizing our blindness gives us sight

Fourth Sunday of Lent, March 26 (Year A) 1 Samuel 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13; Psalm 23; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41

Samuel must have been perplexed and exasperated.

Nothing is ever really ours to keep

Everything is gift. That’s a principle that ultimately undergirds all spirituality, all morality and every commandment.

Pope Francis shares a moment with Chinese pilgrims at general audience

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis greeted and blessed a group of pilgrims from China who broke protocol and approached him during the Wednesday general audience.

Shady business deals that threaten employment a 'grave sin,' Pope says

VATICAN CITY – Employers who make business deals that threaten people's livelihood commit a sin that robs men, women and their families of their dignity, Pope Francis said.

New planets raise old questions

For millennia, people have gazed into the night sky and wondered, “Are we alone?”

Hear no evil: How culture of resistance may hinder child protection

VATICAN CITY – When a child-protection advocate resigned from a papal advisory board in early March, she did so because of growing frustration with persistent resistance and a "toxic" sense of superiority from some in the Roman Curia.

Unlike previous popes, Francis is in no rush to visit his homeland

TIGRE, Argentina – The Polish pope, St. John Paul II, made nine visits to his country of birth, the first in 1979, less than a year after his election.

Musicians, pastors voice concerns about current state of sacred music

ROME, Italy – Hundreds of musicians and pastors from around the world have signed a document urging parishes and publishers should take care to develop the Church’s rich musical traditions, not discard them.

Living water can satisfy our deepest thirst

Third Sunday of Lent, March 19 (Year A) Exodus 17:3-7; Psalm 95; Romans 5:1-2, 5-8; John 4:5-42

Doubt and fear are very powerful negative forces. All hope, joy, peace and faith flee before them.